A 4-post collection

(Journal) Judging @ Vinaria 2017 - Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Just back from a nice experience in Plovdiv, judging wines as part of the Vinaria 2017 competition. Organised in conjunction with the Union of Bulgarian Oenologists and the National Vine and Wine Chamber, I was part of a small selection of international judges to sit through two days of judging. »

A Bulgarian Wine Journey

Accepting an invitation to judge at Vino Balkanika was an easy decision. This intimate competition for indigenous Black Sea and Balkan grape varieties is now on its 4th edition and deals only with wines built from local grapes. Held in Veliko Tarnovo, a medieval fortified town in central Bulgaria, two »

What does a 1976 Bulgarian Gamza taste like?

Scepticism doesn't quite do justice to the tone I adopted at the sight of a 1976 bottle of Gamza of Bulgaria's communist legacy. A wry, semi patronising smile broke out, chuckled in jest and looked up the table in search of something else before noting the trickle of leathery, brown »